Feb 10, 2023
To remain at the top of their field, doctors have to keep up with the latest development in the field of medical science. Medical technology is rapidly expanding and leading to exponential growth in studies and research.
To help you make sense of this rapidly changing medical landscape, we bring our weekly medical news bulletin featuring some of the prominent medical news from around the world.
Also, you can read our previous editions of medical news bulletins.
A group of engineers at the University of Waterloo have developed an Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology that can analyse and determine whether chemotherapy would be effective before surgery for patients diagnosed with breast cancer. This technology can improve recovery and survival because it gives doctors the tools to prescribe the best-personalized treatment that speeds up the healing process.
The Union Health Ministry on 7 February extended the last date for completing the internship for MBBS students to August 11; for BDS students, the last date for completion of the internship has been extended to June 30. More than 13,000 MBBS students across five states and UTs were not eligible for NEET PG 2023, and more than 3000 BDS students were ineligible for NEET MDS 2023 due to the delayed internship.
The Indian Medical Association on February 7 opposed the Haryana health minister Anil Vij’s proposal of teaching the ancient practice of Ayurvedic medicine to MBBS students. According to the IMA, this practice will backfire and produce ‘compromised doctors.’ Citing China’s example, the IMA further warned that mixing the two practices will lead to the extinction of Ayurvedic medicine in its pure form.
Doctors in Mumbai discovered a toxic fairness cream made locally that led to glomerulonephritis in patients who used it for a few months. A teacher-student duo of Dr Tukaram Jamale, head of nephrology at KEM, and Dr Amar Sultan from Akola found that the fairness cream contained high levels of mercury, a metal toxic to humans. Mercury can inhibit melanocytes, the cells responsible for pigmentation, thus making people fairer but slowly killing them in the process.
Dr Aseem Malhotra, a British Indian cardiologist and National Health Service (NHS) trained medic, has called for a full safety review of Oxford / AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine Covidshield. A number of Indian medical experts have supported his claim. Covidshield use was discouraged in most European countries due to serious side effects like blood clots and the possibility of inducing myocarditis. Dr Malhotra says Covidshield can lead to serious side effects such as heart attack and stroke.
Also read: Medical News Bulletin: Edition 7
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